The IPL is getting closer and closer with the cricket lovers on their toes to celebrate one of the richest cricket leagues in the world. The 13th season of the league will kick-off with the four-time champions Mumbai Indians taking on last year runners-up Chennai Super Kings on Saturday.
This will be followed by the Delhi Capitals taking on the 2014-finalists Kings XI Punjab on Sunday.
Delhi Capitals Team Updates:
Looking at their past season, Delhi Capitals had one of the best seasons since 2011 by reaching the play-offs winning nine out of fourteen matches in the league
Their top contributions from Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Kagiso Rabada in the last season
Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan will probably open the inning for the Delhi Capitals team. Both are very talented players and played many attacking innings in previous matches.
Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant will handle the middle order of the team
Shimron Hetmeyer and M Stoinis are expected to take care of the late hitting
Shreyas Iyer will lead the Delhi Capitals team as a Captain. He is also good Batsman.
Rishabh Pant will do the wicket keeping for Delhi Capitals team.
Ravi Ashwin , Sandip Lamichhane and Axar Patel/Amit Mishra will take care of the spin bowling of the team.
Mohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma will lead the pace attack of the team.
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Kings XI Punjab Team Updates:
Kings XI Punjab had yet another poor run managing just six victories in the league stage with brilliance from KL Rahul, Shami and Ashwin.
Punjab would want to replicate what they did in 2014 when they won five games in middle-west with Delhi looking to carry the momentum from previous season
Chris Gayle and Lokesh Rahul will probably open the inning for the Kings XI Punjab team. Both are well known inning openers.
Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nayar and Glen Maxwell will form the middle order of the team/li>
Lokesh Rahul will lead the Kings XI Punjab team as a Captain. He is also a good Wicket Keeper.
Nicholas Pooran will do the Wicket Keeping duty for his Kings XI Punjab team.
Murugan Ashwin , Mujeeb Ur Rehman and Glen Maxwell will lead the spin attack of the team.
Mohammed Shami and Harpreet Brar will take care of the pace attack for his team.
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Head to Head:
Delhi Capitals: 10 Won Kings XI Punjab: 14 Won
KXIP have had an upper hand in in the versus battle, having won 14 times against Delhi team
KL Rahul scored 593 runs in the last season along with a hundred and six fifties in the tournament. He was also quick and flexible behind the stumps for Punjab.
Rishabh Pant will be the second preferred wicket-keeper in the eleven. He scored 488 runs in 2019 season which included three half-centuries at a strike rate of 162.66.
Chris Gayle picks himself without a hint of doubt in the eleven. He is one best T20 batsman ever who can turn around the season for the team. He had a good 2019 season at the top order with close to 500 runs at a strike rate of 153.60.
Shikhar Dhawan will be an important top order player for Delhi franchise. He had an excellent season for Delhi after coming from Hyderabad by scoring 521 runs in the season.
Shreyas Iyer was an excellent captain for the Delhi team by taking the team to play-offs after seven years
Mayank Agarwal continued his good form but couldn’t convert his starts to big scores. But the positive is that he has improved his drastically from 127 to 141 in a single season.
Prithvi Shaw is an explosive opener who have got to excellent starts but hasn’t carried it until the end. He had a decent 2019 season with 353 runs
Mohammad Shami will lead the pace attack for Punjab as he did in 2019. Often criticized for not being a T20 specialist
Mujeeb Ur Rehman is expected to get some important wickets with the new ball as well as in the new overs.
In wicket keeping, Lokesh Rahul will be best choice.
Spin bowlers may play major role on this pitch.
KL Rahul , Shreyas Iyer are top picks for captaincy, as both are experienced batters with good capability to play spin
Chris Gayle is destructive batsman who can turn around game anytime
Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw are good picks in batting section
Small League Must Picks:
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Kagiso Rabada Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul Chris Gayle, Mohammed Shami
Grand League Risky Picks:
Delhi Capitals: Shimron Hetmeyer Kings XI Punjab: Mayank Agarwal